MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Conservative policy analyst Gary Palmer came from far behind Tuesday to defeat state Rep.
With 84 percent of the precincts reporting, Palmer
led DeMarco with 63 percent of the vote.
The results were a turnaround from the primary, when DeMarco easily outdistanced Palmer
and five other candidates to replace the retiring GOP Rep.
will face Democrat Avery Vise on Nov. 4 in what's considered one of the safest GOP districts in the nation.
campaign was supported by prayer.
"Politics shouldn't be a career.
It should be a mission," he
told supporters gathered in Birmingham.
Running from behind after receiving less than 20 percent of the primary vote, the 59-year-old Palmer
tried to sway voters who supported other primary candidates to make up the difference.
Palmer has not held elective office, but he founded the Alabama Policy Institute, a conservative think tank, more than two decades ago.
In 1999, Palmer
was active in the successful fight to defeat a state lottery for education proposed by then-Gov.